- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 24, 2002

2-5 years
Care for personal grooming; button buttons and tie shoes.
Pick up toys.
Help with grooming pets.
Help set the table.
5-7 years
Make bed.
Help keep bathroom clean (wipe off mirror, tub, toilet, sink).
Sweep floor.
Dust bedroom.
Keep drawers neat.
Help set the table.
Put away silverware (except knives).
7-10 years
Wash dishes.
Empty dishwasher.
Make bed.
Clean bathroom.
Feed pets.
Clean pet bowls, cages.
Clean up yard.
Peel vegetables for cooking.
Take out trash.
10-13 years
Clean yard (rake and pick up leaves).
Sweep garage, walkway and porch.
Clean room.
Change linens once a week.
Clean drawers.
Clean up after pet.
Wash and dry clothes; put them away.
Dust.
Vacuum.
Sweep.
Mop.
Clean silver or brass.
Sort mail (recycle junk mail).
13-adolescence
Wash car (inside and out).
Mow lawn.
Go on errands.
Change linens once a week.
Clean bathroom once a week.
Bundle recycling.
Iron clothes.
Sew buttons.
Wash windows (on lower level).
Oldest adolescents can prepare meals.
Baby-sit.
Source: Gail M. Gross, child behavior and development specialist



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